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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 52, September 25, 1852

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Identifier: DX01203109

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 52, September 25, 1852

Description: Describes witnessing a fire at a confectionary and French chocolate factory.


of dusky, murky smoke choking the clear fresh morning air and soaring up into the pure blue ether. Soon other engines & hose carriages had arrived in great numbers, yet at least twenty minutes elapsed ere they had plated one stream of water on’t, and the lower story was then blazing fast & furious. A great crowd blocked up the street, spite of the heat & smoke. Getting on an elevation I remained viewing all. Men on house-tops & at windows, firemen running to & fro hoarse shouting, sturdy workers at the engines, streams of water rising into the building, fellows pelting casements to smash the stubborn glass behind which the devilish element lit up wicked illumination, great pieces of stone work & brick toppling down, ladders roused, & all the accompanyments [accompaniments] attendant on the ground dwells ‘twixt the two elemants [elements]. Three stories all on fire, and the policemen are busy moving the throng on, as from the top of an adjoining wall firemen are seen with a ladder thrusting at the slender wall. It tatters & falls, in pieces at a time, with great crash & blinding smother. Firemen are busy preventing the spread of the flame to the rear of the adjacent houses. Unable to penetrate to Broadway I pass round & calling at the corner house of Duane & Broadway, [John] Watson’s place. Door closed at his room, so I ascended to the roof, and emerging on a broad

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-25

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Confectionery
Fire engines
Fire extinction
Fire fighters


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